"The Last Five Years," "Gardeners of Eden," Swains Island," Doc Shorts:Behind the Scenes, Variety Artisans Award | Sally Fay

February 20, 2015 9:58 PM

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I made it to the 8:20 a.m. showing of, "The Last Five Years," and loved it. Nothing like a musical to start the day, not to mention, transport you to New York City via the story of a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick, newly married to the "It" author of the moment, played by Jeremy Jordan. Film director, Richard LaGravenese, sets the right tone so that every chord rings true. I barely noticed that the whole film is sung as I was so pulled into the story. To me, it seemed like life in your twenties, the way you get so hopeful and giddy with first love, and marriage, unprepared for the compromises and disappointments that inevitably present themselves. You feel for Cathy Hiatt (Anna Kendrick) as she struggles to make it as an actress only to have to go back to Summer Stock in Ohio, while you totally get how intoxicating success would be for Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan) and how irresistible the temptations would seem. How can a young relationship survive?

At 10:00 a.m. I headed over to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, to see the documentary, "Gardeners of Eden," directed by Austin Peck and Anneliese Vandenberg, executive produced by, and, featuring Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City"). Dame Daphne Sheldrick founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in...

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